Photonics refers, in its most general sense, to the science of emission, amplification, transmission, manipulation and detection of photons, including their interactions with matter.
However, photonics is also often used in a broader context, referring to various types of applied research and technology applications using photons, based upon the creation, manipulation, and detection of light, and often including the applied AMO sciences, e.g. encompassing various forms of spectroscopy, metrology, biophotonics and medicine, just to mention a few application areas.
At the Department of Physics, we have presently ongoing activities in the following areas of photonics:
- Analytical Laser Spectrometry (Ove Axner)
- Optical Micromanipulation and digital holography (Magnus Andersson)
- Organic Electronics (Ludvig Edman)
- Applied Spectroscopy and Detection (Alexandra Foltynowicz Matyba)
Photonic components constitute various types of light sources (e.g. lasers) optical or optoelectronic components (e.g. modulators and isolators) and detectors with various properties.